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The 5 things you need to know about the 2017 Nissan X-Trail

The Nissan X-Trail is one of this country’s most popular SUVs… it’s been refreshed for 2017 and here are the 5 things you need to know about it.

THE NISSAN X-TRAIL is one of the best-selling Nissans in this country with more than 193,000 units finding driveways to call home since it was first launched here. The revised 2017 X-Trail was launched here in May boasting the addition of a new 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine and improved standard features across the range. The revised 2017 X-Trail features three petrol grades (ST; ST-L; and Ti) and one diesel (TL).

What are the key changes to the 2017 Nissan X-Trail?


  • NEW: 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine (Xtronic, 4WD); 130kW, 380Nm (this engine replaces the outgoing 1.6-litre turbo-diesel);
  • CARRY-OVER: 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder engine (106kW, 200Nm); and
  • CARRY-OVER: 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine (126kW, 226Nm).

Styling: exterior and interior:

  • NEW front fascia with signature Nissan “V-motion” grille, revised headlights and LED signature daytime running lights;
  • NEW rear styling with updated bumper designed and revised rear combination lamps and LED boomerang signature tail lights;
  • NEW 17-inch (ST / TS, ST-L) and 19-inch (Ti / TL) alloy wheels;
  • D-shaped steering wheel;
    NEW shifter knob design and leather gear-shift boot;
  • NEW door vent finish;
  • REVISED centre console and lid; and
    ADDITION of three new exterior paint colours: Marine Blue, Copper Blaze and Ruby.

NEW Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies:

  • Intelligent Emergency Braking (all model grades)
  • Intelligent Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection (Ti, TL grades) o Forward
  • Collision Warning (FCW) (all model grades)
  • Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) (Ti grade)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) (ST-L, Ti, TL grades)
  • Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFLS) (Ti, TL grades)
  • Lane Departure Intervention (Ti grade)

Audio technology

  • BOSE audio system with eight speakers, including two sub-woofer speakers (Ti, TL grades)

Convenience features:

  • Motion Activated Tailgate (Ti, TL grades) o Heated steering wheel (Ti, TL grades); and
  • Heated rear seats (Ti, TL grades) o High Beam Assist (Ti, TL grades)

Minor specification changes:

  • New audio / navigation graphics;
    New design for the steering wheel-mounted controls;
    Revised control for the cooled / heated front centre console cup holders; and
  • Door-mounted i-Key button change: now black (formerly chrome).

  • tony coz

    I’ll stick to the Subaru Forester thanks 🙂

  • Steve Mcgavin

    SUBARU sounds good to me

  • Jason Queen

    There is a 6th thing one needs to know about the X-Trail… don’t buy one! For the price of an X-Trail one could have a rather nice bottle of Cheval Blanc 1947.

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.